About The Sleep Doctor
The Sleep Doctor first launched in 2008. Guided by the expertise of Dr. Michael J. Breus, our site has since become a leading authority in the field of sleep health. The Sleep Doctor team is dedicated to helping readers get the rest they need, make meaningful lifestyle changes to ensure high-quality sleep, and achieve peak performance during their waking hours.
We cover all aspects of sleep health and science. Recently, our website has grown to also feature information about different types of sleep products. Our expanding team now includes sleep product experts who personally test mattresses, pillows, sheets, and other bedroom essentials. As The Sleep Doctor evolves, we will continue to deliver evidence-based content intended to help you understand sleep and use this information to sleep better.
Michael J. Breus, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael J. Breus is a clinical psychologist with more than two decades of experience in his field. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Additionally, Dr. Breus is one of the only psychologists to pass the Sleep Medicine Specialty board without attending medical school. In 2021, Reader’s Digest named him the best sleep specialist in the state of California.
Dr. Breus is also a best-selling author. His publications include four books:
- Good Night: The Sleep Doctor’s 4-Week Program to Better Sleep and Better Health (2006)
- The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan: Lose Weight Through Better Sleep (2011)
- The Power of When: Discover Your Chronotype–and the Best Time to Eat Lunch, Ask for a Raise, Have Sex, Write a Novel, Take Your Meds, and More (2016)
- Energize!: Go From Dragging Ass to Kicking It in 30 Days (2021)
Dr. Breus lectures all over the world and serves as an expert resource for most major publications, doing more than 250 interviews per year.
Our team of experts is responsible for personally testing and reviewing every product featured on The Sleep Doctor. Each product undergoes a series of hands-on evaluations based on performance factors that are relevant for sleepers. These tests are the backbone of our product ratings and reviews. If we haven’t evaluated it firsthand, we won’t recommend it.
Each member of our testing and content teams brings years of experience and expertise to their role.
David Rubin: Lead Tester
David is a Certified Sleep Science Coach with a lifelong passion for well-being and health optimization. His interest in sleep developed with the arrival of his son, when sleep suddenly became a precious commodity. Since then, David has researched everything from bedtime routines to mattress toppers in his quest for a great night’s sleep. He has a bachelor’s in international communications and a master’s in business administration. David spends most of his time with his wife and two young children, usually outdoors in his home state of Colorado.
Alison Deshong: Staff Writer
Alison Deshong has nearly a decade of experience in health communications. Working as a research scientist at the University of California, Davis and the University of California, Santa Cruz, she studied the regulation of fertility and consistently won accolades for her ability to clearly and concisely communicate complicated research topics in an engaging and entertaining way. Since hanging up her lab coat, Alison has dedicated herself towards creating resources to promote health and wellness and educate readers about the all-encompassing benefits of sleep.
Allyson Hoffman: Staff Writer
Allyson believes that effectively communicating scientific concepts empowers audiences to make meaningful changes in their lives. As a result, the science of sleep is among her favorite fields. She has taught scientific and technical communication university courses for over 5 years in the U.S. and Norway, where she was a 2019 to 2020 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. She holds a M.F.A in fiction and a certificate in professional and technical communication from the University of South Florida. In addition to writing, Allyson enjoys hiking and salsa dancing.
Rebecca Levi: Staff Writer
Rebecca holds a degree in anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington and spent almost a decade working in the natural health industry before turning her love of writing into a career. As a freelance writer and editor, she has covered everything from healthcare and experimental music to education. Rebecca lives in Tennessee, where she spends her free time reading, writing fiction, and making music.
Afy Okoye: Staff Writer
Afy is a science writer and editor with a specialty in healthcare research. She holds a Master of Science in health policy from the London School of Economics and has two bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science from Georgia State University. She enjoys international solo traveling and reading non-fiction books.
Garen Glazier: Staff Writer
Garen is a health and lifestyle content creator. She realized the importance of sleep when her children made getting a good night's rest more challenging. Since then, she has not taken the benefits of sleep for granted and enjoys researching and writing about sleep products and practices. Garen has always called the Pacific Northwest home and in her free time, she enjoys exploring nearby and far afield with family and friends.
Matthew Whittle: Staff Writer
Matt Whittle is a freelance writer and editor who holds a B.A. in English from Penn State University. He has experience as a writer and editor in the wine industry and higher education.
Daniel Seymour: Staff Writer
Daniel grew up on the Big Island of Hawaii but has lived in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, France, and Switzerland. He now lives in London. Daniel has a master's degree in public policy and enjoys helping people understand complex ideas through his writing. Outside of work, Daniel enjoys cooking, traveling, solving and designing crossword puzzles, and playing board games with friends.
Brittany Patterson: Staff Writer
Brittany is a professional copywriter and editor who has struggled with insomnia since childhood. She understands the importance of adequate sleep and the resources that improve its quality. In her free time, she can be found binging a television series, reading a book, laughing at her own jokes, or spoiling her cat.
Janet Larson: Staff Writer
Janet Larson is a technical writer who has been focusing on health concerns since 2006. She graduated from Bennington College with a double major in English and psychology. She enjoys communicating information about sleep, a pursuit that unites a practical necessity with an element of mystery. When she’s not researching or writing about health and wellness, she’s likely to be tending the chickens or growing food on her Virginia homestead.
Carlos Franco: Staff Writer
Carlos is a certified technical writer through Oregon State's Technical and Scientific Communication Program and holds a master's degree in Behavioral Science (Applied Behavioral Analysis). Before becoming a freelance medical and technical writer, Carlos worked for Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center as an Information Specialist at the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Information Service. He answered cancer-related questions for patients, family members, health care providers, and researchers through multiple service channels. His working philosophy is that health information should be clear, concise, credible, and accessible.
The Sleep Doctor publishes sleep-related digital content. Although some of our content pertains to health and medicine, the information on this site is intended for general purposes and should never substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Our readers should not disregard recommendations from their doctor based on something they have read on The Sleep Doctor. Contact your doctor or local emergency services if you experience a medical emergency, and always consult a physician before taking medication or implementing changes to your diet.
The Sleep Doctor makes product recommendations based on hands-on testing. However, we do not make any representation about the efficacy or safety of these products. Furthermore, we do not endorse specific tests, medications, medical procedures, health products, or clinical care providers featured in our digital content.
The Sleep Doctor maintains affiliate relationships with sleep product brands. These include cost-per-click and affiliate fee relationships, for which we receive a commission when our readers click a product link and purchase that product. Funding from these partnerships allows us to conduct original research, consult with various experts, and bring our readers the informative, in-depth content they have come to expect from this website.
We do not receive a commission if the reader does not complete their purchase, and this commission will be rescinded if the reader buys a product but ultimately chooses to return it. As a result, we have no incentive to promote inferior products or brands with a history of poor customer service. Brands send us products for testing purposes, but these products do not guarantee recommendations or favorable ratings from us. Furthermore, we never receive funding or other types of compensation in exchange for promoting certain products or brands on our site.
We strive for complete transparency with regard to how we test products and choose which ones to feature in our product guides. The bottom line: our working relationships with brands never influence the products we recommend.